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Titan Arum: June 2005 Blooming
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Previous bloomings of the Titan Arum in the U.S.

Date Height Weight of tuber Location
July 17, 2002     Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, CA
June 7, 2001 8 feet, 5 inches   University of Wisconsin-Madison
May 15, 2001 6 feet, 8 inches 68 pounds Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, FL
May 8, 2001 5 feet, 4 inches   University of Washington
June 13, 2000 6 feet   Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, CA
September 3, 1999 6 feet, .25 inches 35 pounds Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, FL
August 1, 1999 5 feet, 8.5 inches   Huntington Botanical Garden, CA
July 8, 1999 6 feet, 1 inch   University of Washington
May 1999
two simultaneous blooms
5 feet, 4.5 inches   Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL
July 1998 6 feet, 3 inches   Atlanta Botanic Garden
June 25, 1998 4 feet, 11.5 inches   Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, FL
May 1998 less than 3 feet   University of Missouri
July 2, 1939 4 feet 31 pounds New York Botanical Garden
August 1937 8 feet, 5 inches 100 pounds New York Botanical Garden

Photo of the Titan arum

Visitors gather to view the 98-inch-tall Titan Arum nicknamed "Big Bucky," which bloomed June 9, 2005.
Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart

Illustration of Titan Arum in bud, bloom and fruit

Illustration: Kandis Elliot

This illustration shows Titan Arum in bud, left, and full bloom, center. At the base of the spadix (the fleshy central column) are over a thousand tiny flowers. If pollinated, these flowers will produce a huge ball of bright red berries, right.



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